On Wednesday night, at the Gariki Market, in Enugu, two persons identified as Ali, a Fulani; and Ifeacho Ifeanyi, an Igbo; lost their lives in a clash between Igbo and Fulani allegedly caused over N100 disagreement.
According to report, an undisclosed eyewitness said that Ali had visited the abattoir in Gariki Market to slaughter his cow.
Ifeanyi’s job at the abattoir was to help people slaughter their cow for a fee. So he helped Ali slaughtered his cow.
Problem allegedly started when Ali paid Ifeanyi, N400 for his job instead of N500.
Ifeanyi reportedly demanded for his N100 balance but Ali refused to pay him.
The N100 problem apparently turned into a fight between the two and the Fulani man, Ali, allegedly brought out a dagger which he used in stabbing Ifeanyi repeatedly in the stomach removing his intestines.
Some igbo traders at the Gariki Market however caught Ali as he tried to escape and beat him to death.
The traders also went further to burn down a mosque located inside the Gariki Market where most of the Hausa traders from the north worship.
A team of riot policemen however arrived the market to clam the issues and bring the situation under control.
According to Mr. Ebere Amaraizu, the spokesperson for the Enugu State Police Command, said that;
“Two persons were confirmed dead yesterday (on Wednesday) in the course of a clash between an easterner and a northerner over a misunderstanding that arose between them in the evening at Gariki Awkunanaw Market.
“Security has been beefed up in the area by the Enugu State Commissioner of Police, Douglas Agbonleni, to avoid escalation and breakdown of law and order.
“A full-scale investigation has commenced into the incident,” he said.